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    The 10 Best Buys in Motorcycles for 2019 - Popular Mechanics

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    They coulda' stuck an R nine T in there...yes? no? The indian FTR lists for a few bucks more so it wasn't price.

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    Pretty subjective subject. Depends on what one considers a "good buy" and I suspect that differs for almost all of us. Several bikes on the list are neat looking, at least to me, but I probably would not buy them.
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    310GS or R? More tech than most of those...
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    That Yamaha ZST-R3 for 5 grand Looks awesome to me
    A new small displacement sportbike for that price! Wow

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    One of them isnít even a motorcycle! As for the rest, nothing of interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lupinblue View Post
    One of them isnít even a motorcycle! As for the rest, nothing of interest.
    OK, pull your nose out of the air. Technically the Ryker is a motorcycle. Spyders are actually quite fun to ride. The wife rides a Syper RTL and I enjoy riding it along with my R1200 RTW.

    The rest really don't fit my style of riding.
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    Same here. If I won the lot in some lottery, they'd all be up for sale on Craig's List the next day.

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    Pretty cool line up. I really like the SV650, nice. The new indian is pretty cool as well. The Ryker 600 and 900 at those price points could pull a lot of people from the pillion perch.
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    Nothing in that line up for me either. No desire for a 300 CC motorcycle. I like my liter+ engines.

    In defense of the article, it was for the best buys, not the best motorcycles. If seems to me it was more in reference to new riders, first bike purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    I really like the SV650, nice.
    The SV650 really is a nice "little" bike. I will probably pick up a cheap well-cared-for used one some day. (I put "little" in quotes because when I was young, 650cc was considered a "big" bike. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by lstayner View Post
    OK, pull your nose out of the air. Technically the Ryker is a motorcycle. Spyders are actually quite fun to ride. The wife rides a Syper RTL and I enjoy riding it along with my R1200 RTW.

    The rest really don't fit my style of riding.
    According to the first three dictionaries I looked at, the definition of a motorcycle is ďa vehicle with two wheels and an engineĒ. The three-wheeled thing is a tricar. I guess theyíre ok for people who donít really enjoy riding a motorcycle although personally I canít see the point of getting wet and cold without the joy of leaning over in corners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lstayner View Post
    OK, pull your nose out of the air. Technically the Ryker is a motorcycle. .
    By your definition, here are some more "motorcycles"

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    Jeez...
    I read it as best buys for folks who need low cost models. Some do nothing for me, some I have had a similar model at some point, and a few would be fun to zip around on.
    I read Popular Mechanics, have for years, just never for bike purchase suggestions as being the best source.

    The debate over three vs. two wheels continues and for some, three is a necessity to enjoy the ride due to age,health, or injury. I don't knock folks for riding what they are able to One never knows what life has in store for you.
    The Spyder and the Slingshot had to be called motorcycles to be approved here.

    And, lower displacement bikes can embarrass some (lot of)liter+ bike operators under certain conditions...we do it regularly on 390 and 790cc thumpers. Heck, even my 75/6 has had to wait for the 1200's to catch up more than once.

    The head shaking after some realize a thumper riding female out rode their big bike is priceless The young Ninjas always give a thumbs up when they catch up.The V-Twins just frown and waddle away at the gas stop.
    Yes, on a straightaway we are toast...but in technical stuff we have a blast.

    The smaller class racing bikes ( HondaCB300R, KTM RC390, Kawa Ninja400) are quite capable and I too recall when 450cc was a huge machine the first time I straddled one.

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